Boarding Schools 
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Attending a Boarding School in England, Wales or Scotland

How you feel at home while staying abroad [əˈbrɔ:d]

We not only have a trained eye but also a sympathetic ear for finding the most suitable boarding school for you. We offer extensive help to make sure we set the best academic parameters for your child. If you wish, we will visit you at home for a personal talk in the Vorarlberg region (within 100km). 

This is often the best setting to discuss and resolve further questions such as ideal subject combinations or dietary needs. Some important facts and information on life at a boarding school are listed below.

Important facts around boarding schools

Our Partner Schools in the UK
  • ACS International School Cobham (IB)
  • All Hallows Prep
  • Ardingly College (IB)
  • Ashford School
  • Badminton School
  • Bede’s
  • Bishop’s Stortford College
  • Blundell’s School
  • Box Hill School (IB)
  • Brentwood School (IB)
  • Bryanston School (IB)
  • Burgess Hill Girls
  • Cardiff Sixth Form College
  • Cheltenham College
  • Cheltenham Ladies College (IB)
  • Christ College Brecon
  • Christ’s Hospital School
  • Claremont School
  • Clifton College, Bristol
  • David Game College
  • Dollar Academy
  • Downside School
  • Durham School
  • Earlscliffe
  • Eastbourne College
  • Ellesmere College (IB)
  • Farlington School
  • Farringtons School
  • Felsted School (IB)
  • Giggleswick School
  • Glenalmond College
  • Gordonstoun
  • Gresham’s School (IB)
  • Haberdasher’s Monmouth School
  • Haileybury (IB)
  • Harrogate Ladies College (IB)
  • Hereford Cathedral School
  • International School of Creative Arts
  • Kensington Park School
  • Kent College, Canterbury
  • Kilgraston School
  • King Williams College (IB)
  • King’s High School, Warwick
  • King’s School Rochester
  • Kingsley School Bideford
  • Kingswood School
  • Lancing College
  • Leighton Park School (IB)
  • Luckley House School
  • LVS Ascot
  • Malvern College (IB)
  • Malvern St James Girls’ School
  • Marymount International School, London (IB)
  • Mayfield
  • Millfield School
  • Mill Hill International
  • Monkton Combe School
  • Moreton Hall School
  • National Mathematics and Science College
  • Oakham School (IB)
  • Oswestry School
  • Oxford International College Brighton
  • Plymouth College
  • Prior Park College
  • Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate
  • Repton Prep
  • Rochester Independent College
  • Rossall School (IB)
  • Royal Russell School
  • Ruthin School
  • Ryde School (IB)
  • Saint Felix School
  • Scarborough College
  • Sedbergh School
  • Sherfield School
  • Sevenoaks (IB)
  • Sidcot School
  • St Bees School
  • St Clare’s Oxford (IB)
  • St Leonards School (IB)
  • Stonar
  • Strathallan School
  • Sutton Valence School
  • TASIS The American School in England
  • Taunton School
  • The Downs Malvern
  • The Royal School, Haslemere
  • Trinity School Teignmouth
  • Truro School
  • Warminster School
  • Warwick School
  • Wells Cathedral School
  • Westonbirt School
  • Windermere School (IB)
  • Worth School (IB)
  • Wrekin College
  • Wycliffe College
The Duration of the Boarding School Stay
  • Three or six months: those who only want to spend a short time abroad can attend a boarding school for one or two terms. The term dates are from September to Christmas, from January until Easter and from Easter until the summer holidays. This is ideal to improve your English skills, to gain first experiences abroad and to become a lot more independent.

  • A whole school year: after twelve months in an English-speaking country pupils have - in most cases - gained a very good command of the English language. Teenagers can easily communicate with colleagues which strengthens their personality and some literally surpass themselves. What’s more, a year abroad is a great opportunity to prepare yourself for an international college.
  • Two or more school years: pupils abroad can bring their English to perfection and finish life at boarding school with their A-Levels or an IB Diploma. It is the ideal opportunity to lay the foundations for an international career, to stand on your own two feet and to establish contacts.
The Right Age and The Best Time

It is advisable to make the transition to a boarding school right at the beginning of a school year – regardless of how long your child wants to stay abroad. After the summer holidays the pack is often reshuffled in the boarding houses which makes it easier to integrate and find friends.

Entering the 8th, 9th or 10th form of the English school system (LINK School System) are ideal moments for transition. A change of schools is more likely approved by the Austrian / German schools as well as the schools in the UK at this stage. Children should be about 12 years old and show enthusiasm towards spending time abroad.

The Boarding School Costs

Costs for boarding schools in England, Wales and Scotland are calculated per term. They range around 11,600 GBP. Additionally, there are expenditures for school uniform, visa, school material, guardian, and pocket money. A guardian is a reference person for the international pupil in the UK.

Overall, parents should calculate between 40,000 EUR and 50,000 EUR for a school year of three terms including additional expenses. Pupils who have a gift for sports or are musically or artistically talented have the opportunity to apply for a partial scholarship at the respective boarding school. We can look into this for you in advance and help you with the application.

Transfer of School Fees

There are fast and safe solutions to transfer school fees abroad. The following financial institutions have specialised in foreign remittances:

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Standard Visitor Route: Pupils from the EU or the EEA, who do not study in the UK longer than six months, do not need a visa. They receive a Standard Visitor Route when entering GB. They simply need:

  • Biometric passport 
  • Proof of private health insurance and foreign travel health insurance
  • Confirmation of boarding school about the stay there

Child Student Visa: Students between 4 and 17 years of age who stay in GB longer than six months and are from the EU or EEA area need a Child Student Visa.  Attention: What matters is the pupil’s age at the time of application, not at the start of the journey. Besides the application of the visa, you will also need to pay an insurance fee for the National Health Service. We are happy to inform you in detail, further information can also be found at Student Visa: This type of visa is applicable for people over 18. You need it if you spend more than six months in the UK. Again, the age at the time of application is important, not at the start of your journey. You receive all the information around the Student Visa online. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

The English School System

Early practice makes the master! In Great Britain children start school at the age of five. They attend school for 13 years. Don’t forget - due to the early school entrance age there is a time shift. Therefore, the English 9th form equals the 8th form in Germany and the 4th form of secondary school in Austria. The 10th form equals the 9th academic year and so on.

The School Leaving Qualifications

The international school leaving certificate: International Baccalaureate Diploma IB
Those who have an IB diploma in their pocket know all doors open to them. Due to its international comparability, this school leaving certificate is accepted at almost all universities around the world. It is regarded as the most demanding school-leaving qualification.

Like in Germany, during the last two years of senior school (12th and 13th year of the British school system) the choice of subjects is diversified. Pupils choose six major subjects from at least five different areas three of which are attended in the higher level. The remaining three subjects are completed at standard level. Main subjects are the pupil’s mother tongue, a foreign language, mathematics, sciences, social sciences, and art.

What is more, IB diploma candidates have to accomplish 150 hours of extra-curricular activities in areas such as sports, art and social service, participate in the course “Theory of Knowledge” and submit an extended essay (EE).

The Subject-Linked School Leaving Certificate: A-Levels
With the traditional British school leaving certificate known as A-Levels, graduates have access authority to all universities in the UK. To be granted access to universities in Switzerland, The Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany the right combination of subjects in senior school is vital. Different from the IB diploma, A-Level pupils choose three to four subjects out of 40 different subjects. This means, pupils concentrate on only a few subjects which are taught with a high number of lessons in Lower Sixth Form (A1, British Year 12) and Upper Sixth Form (A2, British Year 13). This is ideal for everyone who already knows their professional direction and field of study at university. With the right subject combination students can successfully study at universities in their home country, too.

General Certificate of Secondary Education GCSEs
GCSEs are the first important school leaving certificate in secondary school. It is equal to the secondary-school-leaving certificate in Germany and is taken in 8-15 subjects. The GCSE curriculum stretches over two years from Year 10-11 in the British school system. In Austria this period equals 5th and 6th Year of high school. Afterwards pupils continue with their A-Level or IB programme.

Get to know some of our Boarding Schools /ˈbɔːdɪŋ skuːls/

Box Hill School

  • Founded: 1959
  • Location: Surrey, South England
  • Airports: London Heathrow (30 mins), London Gatwick (30 mins)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: 441 in total; 90 in senior school
  • International pupils: approx. 30%
  • Boarders: approx. 40%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels, IB

    Special features:
  • ISC (International Study Centre) – a portfolio of courses grants students easy access into mainstream school or Sixth Form studies;
  • Member of the Round Square organisation

As a founder member of Round Square, the educational objectives of Box Hill School are based on the philosophy of the Round Square founder Kurt Hahn. In Box Hill the six pillars of “IDEALS” (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental Concern, Adventure, Leadership, Service) are lived actively.

Pupils receive a holistic education, which is based in the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace.

In turn, this is brought about through a wide experience of sport, creative arts, challenge, service, outward bound pursuits, and democratic participation as well as academic learning. Academic success is, therefore, an outcome of a broader character education.

Box Hill School aims to be the first-choice school for those who understand that education is about the holistic growth of a child. Whilst academic achievement is important, equal emphasis is put on art, dance, drama, technical work (CDT etc.), charity work, student representation, learning through play or culture, boarding, sport, adventurous pursuits, co-curricular activities, and other opportunities.

"The people are open-minded and friendly here. It's a place that feels like home and I get on with the teachers much better than in Germany."

Pia from Germany

Pupil at Box Hill School

Oswestry School

  • Founded: 1407
  • Location: Shropshire, near Wales
  • Airports: Manchester (1h20), Birmingham (1h20)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
    Number of pupils: approx. 350
  • Boarders: approx. 36%
  • International pupils: approx. 20%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels

    Special features:
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Founded in 1407, Oswestry is one of the oldest non-denominational independent schools in England. It stands on the edge of the attractive market town of Oswestry, on the border of England and Wales and boasts some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain on its doorstep.

Historical it may be, with many traditional virtues encouraged, but Oswestry is also a warm, caring and progressive school. They place a high emphasis on good manners and personal integrity. Their aim is for their pupils to enjoy their education and to learn in a happy environment. In this tight-knit community they celebrate the individual and aim to encourage all pupils to reach their potential.

"Here at Oswestry I experience a great community and everyone is treated with respect. I have learnt self-discipline and lots of life skills."

Fared from Germany

Pupil at Oswestry School

Warminster School

  • Founded: 1707
  • Location: Wiltshire, South England
  • Airports: London Heathrow (2h by car, 2.5h by train), Bristol
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 400
  • International pupils: approx. 23%
  • Boarders: approx. 50%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels, IB, IBCP

    Specific features:
  • 1707 Radio – Warminster has its own radio station; the whole school community is welcome to play a part in it
  • IBCP – IB career-related programme
  • CCF – Combined Cadet Force
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
  • Life Skills Education

The values of the Anglican Church, like integrity, tolerance and the service to others are integral parts of a successful school life at Warminster. It is a place, where pupils quickly integrate, where they may be themselves and flourish. And it is a school which is “rounded and grounded” and has a community that allows teenagers to build confidence, without arrogance.

The Design and Technology and Science labs are of a university standard!

"Warminster is like a family to everyone. It is definitely a home from home for me. All my teachers are very supportive and encouraging. They help you develop your talents which made me more confident and independent."

Joséphine from France

Pupil at Warminster School


  • Founded: 1934
  • Location: in the north of Scotland
  • Airports: Inverness (50 mins) and Aberdeen (1h30m) (free shuttle service to and from both airports)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 410
  • International pupils: approx. 35%
  • Boarders: approx. 85%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels

    Specific features:
  • Own fire brigade – with students’ involvement
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Round Square Curriculum
  • Outward Bound Movement

Gordonstoun was founded in 1934 by educationalist Kurt Hahn and ever since has been known for its progressive thinking and pioneering spirit. Hahn was founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and co-founder of the Round Square Curriculum.

Gordonstoun has an approach to character education and stands for diversity and tolerance. The school is not only known for an all-round personal education but also top academic performance. Students are really encouraged to follow the school’s motto Plus Est En Vous – There Is More In You as ALL students take part in their world-leading outdoor education and sailing programme, explore the performing arts, and participate in one of the school’s nine services to the community. This gives young people the ability to adapt to new situations quickly and confidently. Skills which are essential in later life.

"My favourite part about Gordonstoun is the opportunities that we get the sense of community that we build through our times here."

Joe from Germany

Pupil at Gordonstoun School

St Clare’s Oxford

  • Founded: 1953
  • Location: Oxford, South England
  • Airports: London (1h by train), Birmingham
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: 260 (aged 14-19 years)
  • Majority are boarders; Accommodation at Homestay Providers is also possible
  • International pupils from 40 different nations
  • School leaving certificate: IB

    Special Features:
  • CAS - Creativity Activity Service (part of the IB programme)
  • No school uniform

St Clare’s Oxford is in north Oxford. The school was founded after WW II and actively comes out against racism and discrimination. This very international school demonstrates living tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness. Pupils are encouraged to develop self-reliance and independence.

They do not wear school uniforms and enjoy more freedom than at other boarding schools. The boarding houses are not located on the school campus but close-by. Naturally, students support each other with their studies and quickly develop a sense of community in their boarding houses. IB and inspection results are equally excellent!

"St Clare's has made me much more independent. All my teachers as well as the students are supportive and friendly. It is a very open-minded school where you can be yourself."

Carolina from Austria

Pupil at St Clare's Oxford

Christ College Brecon

  • Founded: 1541 by Henry VIII
  • Location: Wales, within Brecon Beacon National Park
  • Airports: London Heathrow (bus service, approx. 2h30m), Cardiff (1h50m), Bristol, (Birmingham)
    Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 370
  • Boarders: approx. 55%
  • International pupils: approx. 18%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels

    Special Features:
  • CCF (Combined Cadet Force)
  • Gratitude Programme
  • Beacon Course Programme
  • Curriculum for Life (Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as an integral part)

The traditional boarding school Christ College Brecon is located only one minute stroll from the centre of the historic market town of Brecon and within the Brecon Beacon National Park with some beautiful old buildings and a modern Science and Art department.

Due to its small size the headmaster knows each and every child personally and students live in a close-knit and nurturing community. Despite being moderate in size, Christ College Brecon offers an astonishingly wide range of co-and extra-curricular activities. Part of which is the drama club where pupils from various age groups stage a number of plays and musical productions every year with really astonishing results.

Harrogate Ladies’ College

  • Founded: 1823
  • Location: North Yorkshire
  • Airports: Manchester (1h40m), Leeds/Bradford (30 mins), London Heathrow (35 min-shuttle flight)
  • Day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18 years
  • Number of pupils: approx. 340
  • Boarders: approx. 163
  • International pupils: approx. 40%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels

    Special features:
  • Excellent choir

Harrogate Ladies’ College (HLC) is a small independent school in the historic and idyllic spa town of Harrogate. It is in an affluent area within a few minutes walking distance from the town centre. Due to its moderate size, at HLC everyone knows everyone, and the pupils appreciate caring, personal and esteeming contact within the whole school community.

Since its founding, HLC has been one of the leading and most innovative girls-only schools in England, where a high-quality education is guaranteed. Being a very musical school, HLC has to offer one of the best choirs in the UK. For those who care about sustainability, a balanced diet and their carbon footprint, this the right address. 90% of the products processed in the kitchen are regional. The eggs for breakfast are from free-range chickens and the bread is home-made.

Moreton Hall

  • Founded: 1913
  • Location: North Shropshire
  • Airports: Manchester (1h), Liverpool (1h)
  • Day and boarding school for girls
  • Number of pupils: approx. 330
  • Boarders: approx. 163
  • International pupils: approx. 10%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels

    Special features:
  • Life Skills Programme
  • Moreton Enterprises

Their engagement to raise pupils to intellectual independence and emotional strength was acknowledged with the Boarding School of the Year 2021 award by the prestigious Tes Independent School Award. In many ways Moreton Hall resembles a modern start-up company rather than a traditional boarding school.

They spot the signs of the times, are innovative and flexible and cater to the needs of every pupil. For example, they offer individual study support for students with study differences without any cost. Moreton Enterprises are run by the Senior School pupils. They acquire life and leadership skills and experience entrepreneurship.

"What I most like about Moreton Hall is the freedom and the support I experience here. And the house-parents are just gorgeous."

Bridget from Wales

Pupil at Moreton Hall School

Cheltenham College

  • Founded: 1841
  • Location: Gloucestershire, culturally rich, vibrant town, gateway to Cotswolds
  • Airports: Birmingham (less than 1h), Bristol (1h), London Heathrow (2h)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 1,040
  • Boarders: approx. 560
  • International students: approx. 100 from 30 nations
  • School-leaving certificates: GCSE, IGCSE, A-Levels

Special features:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Offering outstanding all-round education within a warm and vibrant community, the school is situated in 72 acres of beautiful grounds in the heart of the Cotswolds. All pupils are stretched academically and go on to achieve their best in a positive and supportive learning environment. There is a huge array of extracurricular activities both during the week and at weekends, from outdoor pursuits and film-making to astronomy and dance. Many students learn an instrument and are part of the numerous groups and ensembles. Artistically minded children have every opportunity to develop their creative flair.
Community life and friendship are hugely important at Cheltenham College. Founded on Christian principles and with a strong house system at its heart, the school inspires loyalty, respect and integrity. Pastoral care is exceptional, with every pupil developing socially as
well as academically. From an extensive sports complex and acres of sports fields to the theatres, a 19 th -century art gallery and a breathtaking Chapel, the facilities at Cheltenham College are outstanding.


  • Founded: 1865
  • Location: Worcestershire, in the heart of the Malvern Hills
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 650
  • Boarders: approx. 76 %
  • International pupils: approx. 30%
  • School leaving certificates: GCSE, IGCSE, A-Levels, IB

    Special features:
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Malvern College is located in the beautiful Malvern Hills, only a few minutes walk from the town centre of Great Malvern. For over 150 years Malvern has revered as a school that defines a classical English education. The beautiful campus gives the students the space for big ideas, with room to grow, develop and flourish, preparing them for the modern world and helping them to find their place in it, with the confidence to transform it for the better. Pupils are encouraged to learn not just remember. Malvern strives for academic success but celebrates life-long curiosity, the ability to explore and discover more. The academic programme is broad and rightly challenging. Academic progress is underpinned by a robust support network, which includes Tutors, House Tutors, Heads of Years and Housems. Out of class, the College has much to offer in terms of co-curricular and super-curricular
activities. Sporty as well as musically or artistically gifted pupils are offered state-of the art facilities and a very supportive, excellent team of coaches and teachers.

Leighton Park

  • Founded: 1890
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire, on the Thames
  • Airports: London Heathrow (30 mins), London Gatwick (2hrs)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 572
  • Boarders: 193
  • International students: 91
  • School-leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels, IB

Special features:

  • Yamaha Flagship Music Education Partner (over half of Leighton Park’s students study an instrument, with one of their 27 music teachers)
  • Well-known for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), with a particular emphasis on creative problem solving and interdisciplinary approaches

Leighton Park is a leading co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11-18 based in Reading, Berkshire. Leighton Park was founded 130 years ago as a Quaker school. It is a prestigious HMC school 25 minutes from both vibrant London and Oxford, and a 30 minute taxi ride from London Heathrow. As well as offering English academic qualifications they are an IB World School, offering the IB Diploma Programme.

ACS International School Cobham

  • Founded: 1967
  • Location: Cobham, Surrey
  • Airport: London Heathrow (40 mins), London Gatwick (40 mins)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 1405
  • Boarders: approx. 189
  • International pupils: approx. 160
  • School leaving certificates: IB, AP

    Special features:
  • ACS has over 40 years experience teaching IB, with students regularly achieving a perfect IB score of 45 points
  • Interactive Learning Centre

Situated on 128-acres of Surrey countryside, 20 miles south of Central London, ACS Cobham enrols over 1000 students aged between 2 and 18 offering both the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and an American curriculum, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses. At ACS, diversity, innovation, academic excellence and global awareness come together to create a dynamic learning community and exceptional school experience. They create opportunities and activities that inspire their students to think in fresh, exciting ways so they reach a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the world, its citizens and their place within it. Opening the students’ minds in this way enhances and energises their learning, ensuring they’re ready for whatever their future holds.

Bede's Senior School

  • Founded: 1979
  • Location: Upper Dicker, East Sussex
  • Airports: London Heathrow (1hr 35mins), London Gatwick (50 mins)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 1046
  • Boarders: 363
  • International students: 168
  • School-leaving certificates: GCSE, A-Levels

Special features:

  • Academies in cricket, football, hockey and tennis
  • Creative and performing arts programmes

Bede's Senior School is a co-educational day and boarding school for 13- to 18-year-olds in Sussex in the South East of England. Bede’s has a unique educational philosophy that focuses on educating the whole person. The school prides itself not only on its facilities, but also on providing a personalised education to its pupils, nurturing children with different interests and talents and shaping school life to suit the individual rather than the other way round. On the sporting front, the school offers year-round academies in cricket, football, hockey and tennis and has partnership arrangements with local sports clubs such as Sussex County Cricket Club and Brighton and Hove Football Club.

Dollar Academy

  • Founded: 1818
  • Location: Dollar, Scotland
  • Airport: Edinburgh (40 mins), London Gatwick (1hr)
  • Co-educational day and boarding school
  • Number of pupils: approx. 1348
  • Boarders: approx. 97
  • International pupils: 56
  • School leaving certificates: GCSEs, A-levels, Scottish Advanced Highers

    Special features:
  • World’s oldest co-educational day and boarding school
  • One of Scotland’s leading rugby and hockey playing schools
  • 14 different choirs and orchestras

Dollar Academy is an HMC school recognised for its academic excellence and outstanding work in the areas of pastoral care, extra-curricular engagement and teaching. A dedicated teaching team ensures that every child can realise their full potential, while over 120 sporting, cultural and social activities provide a wide range of opportunities. The inspiring campus spans 70 acres in the picturesque market town of Dollar in central Scotland and is home to around 1300 pupils aged 5 to 18. Scotland is renowned for its hospitality and a warm welcome awaits all visitors to Dollar Academy.

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